Beer Review: Tree House Haze Imperial IPA

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Happy to finally get some more Tree House on the blog, this time in cans. A while back, when Tree House was literally still a shed in a backyard I did some reviews of Julius and That’s What She Said (old school reviews). Well they have come a long way since and their beers are somehow even more difficult to get now. Haze is their Imperial IPA and comes in at 8.2% ABV.

Appearance: Super hazy orange juice. Nice 1 finger head with some sticky lacing. It is a New England style milky juice bomb IPA.

Nose: Pineapple, orange juice, mango, great tropical and citrus juice notes. New England style IPA so really heavy on the juicy notes with some floral and toasted malt coming through as well. You can literally smell this beer from across the room.

Taste/Mouth: All signs point to this tasting like a juice bomb and it sure does. Where is the alcohol in this? It says 8.2% but I wouldn’t even believe it if you told me this was .2% alcohol, it’s nonexistent. Great mango, pineapple and orange flavors. Grapefruit is big with a nice malt backbone. Has some biscuit and honey flavors as well. How is this an Imperial IPA, it drinks like a session beer. Medium body finishes dry.

Price/Availability: Brewery release, so much hype. Just hype, I got it in a trade and unless you like lines I think that’s the move.

Overall: What an incredibly well crafted beer. Tree House basically invented the NE Style IPA and every beer they make is unreal. They literally don’t have a hoppy beer on BA with less than a 90 score, and Haze isn’t even close to their highest rated beer (it has a 100 btw which is the highest score). Haze is one of their best beers and one of the staple NE Style doubles you should try. I could crush these all day and not even realize I was drinking beer. I seriously don’t understand where the 8.2% is, it is a testament to the incredible work these guys are doing. This thing is packed with flavor and has a nose to die for, get it now. Haze is perfect.

Grade: A+

Beer Review: Tree House’s That’s What She Said Milk Stout

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Following up my review of Tree House’s Julius I have the other beer I was able to grab when I visited the brewery their Milk Stout, That’s What She Said. As far as I know this is the only stout the brewery offers and it may be the only dark beer they offer as well. Don’t quote me on that but I have really only seen lighter beers come out of the brewery other than this one. TWSS comes in at 5.6% and IBUs are not given.

Appearance: Pretty damn dark can’t see through it. Has a nice 1 finger light brown head and as I drink it down this beer has some great lacing.

Nose: Chocolatey and roasty right up front with a little coffee as well. Smells kind of like a roasted marshmallow, smells very clean and can pick up the lactose and yeast a bit.

Taste/Mouth: Creamy full mouthfeel, very smooth and drinkable right off the bat. Good chocolate and coffee flavors in there as well. Great malt driven beer and the lactose adds a nice touch.

Availability/Price: $7 for a 750mL growler and its a brewery only beer as all of Tree House’s are.

Overall: Another amazing beer from Tree House and definitely one of the best Milk Stouts I have ever had. Not normally a go to style for me but this one was so drinkable I would definitely have it again. It has that unique little farm brewery vibe to it.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Tree House’s Julius IPA

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Recently took a trip to visit some friends in MA and was able to hit two breweries on my way, New England Beer Company and Tree House Brewing. I will have two beer reviews from each of the breweries, I would like to start it off with this. Julius, the American IPA from Tree House Brewing Company currently rocking a perfect 100 on Beer Advocate and sitting at #2 on the Top American IPA list. This is the second time I have had this beer and I was very excited to get my hands on it again. Julius comes in at 6.5% ABV and does not list IBUs.

Appearance: Super hazy deep golden/copper. Poured a nice 1-2 finger head and leaves amazing lacing down the glass. Really a beautiful looking beer so hazy and it just looks so fresh.

Nose: Super dank nose. Get a lot of citrus and mango immediately. Pick up some pine, resin and some orange as well. Smells like fresh hops. One of the most pleasant noses on a beer you will ever experience.

Taste/Mouth: Lot of the nose carries over here, bursting with citrus especially orange and grapefruit. You get the mango as well coming through. Fair amount of bitterness, finishes semi dry and has a great full smooth creamy mouthfeel. Scary how drinkable this beer is.

Availability/Price: Brewery only for growler fills and possibly occasionally making it to a few bars around MA. Price is 8$ for 750mL I believe which isn’t the best but hey they can charge it and I will gladly pay it.

Overall: This is right up there with Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s stuff, right in that same category of amazingly special beers. You won’t find many other beers like this or of this caliber. I will gladly drive to the middle of nowhere MA to buy this again and again, you should too. That being said Julius is the first beer on this site to earn perfection!

Grade: A+